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Inverness Tourist Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
Inverness Tourist Hostel is conviently located, quite cozy, and has a relaxed but safe atmosphere. Note that neither the hostel nor the city is within reasonable walking distance of Loch Ness.

The Location

It's easy to find if you are arriving by bus, as it is right next to the bus station. There is a parking lot close to the hostel as well. It is pretty centrally located within the city -- nightlife and shops are all within close walking distance. There are a few nightclubs nearby, and many grocery shops as well as a large shopping mall are all in the local vicinity. There are some nice walks along the River Ness, and there is the Cathedral and a large marketplace.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms can get a little crowded, as there isn't a lot of space in between the bunks, and the mattress are a little lumpy, but other than that lodging is decent enough, by hostel standards. There are small lockers, but you will need your own padlock. There are individual showers, but no hooks or racks to hang clothes or towels on (one or two of the showers has a hook on the door). There are no private rooms.

Common Spaces

The common room is comfortable enough, with lots of couches and a piano and chairs. There is a small book exchange, and a large-screen TV (although it doesn't always work ... the staff usually have to fiddle around with it to turn it on or change the channel). There is one computer with free internet access, also in the common room. The kitchen is very clean and there are lots of cooking utensils as well as free tea and coffee and free sugar and milk. There is plenty of storage space for food in the refrigerator and in the cupboards. There are chairs and a large dining table in the middle of the kitchen, which means that during breakfast and dinner times, the area becomes quite crowded.

Summary

Inverness Tourist Hostel is fairly small, but the atmosphere encourages friendly conversation in the evening. It's a grand place to be in Inverness, especially since there isn't particularly much to do within the city itself after dusk, and gathering a group of hostelers to go out for some live Scottish music at the pub is a common happening.

by Emily Schreiber
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
October 2012

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Inverness Tourist Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   Filthy and Unfriendly staffs We are visitors from London and booked the rooms for 2 nights at Inverness Tourist Hostel, 24 Rose Street as we saw in a booking website as its rating is 80% positive reviews saying that the rooms are clean. However, when we arrived, we found that the rooms are filthy, they didn't change the bed sheets as we saw hairs and chocolate stain on our bedding and all beds are full of dust. The floor is dirty. There is mold on the wall near our beds. The windows cannot be closed. The shower areas are dirty. Moreover, we can see food on the kitchen floor. We took some photos as a proof. We think this place is full of germs and may cause disease. Therefore we decide to find the new hotel for us. As we informed the reception that the rooms are not what we expected, they are not clean like in the website and review. The hostel's reception doesn't accept that the rooms are filthy and told us that there is no refund except for 72 hours cancellation. So we didn't get any refund for 2 nights while we have to pay for new hotel at higher rates because we didn't book other hotel in advance.  , UK ()
2   No heat in room, dirty sheets, smelly/dirty kitchen the pictures are deceiving, as the kitchen is really rundown, there was no toilet paper anywhere for the first day we were there, the showers seems to haven't been cleaned in ages as well as the fitted sheets and comforters on the beds. the only great thing about this place is its location because it is so close to the bus station.  , canadian ()
1  The owner talks with the customers pretty loud. Always cold in the rooms and in the shower rooms too. The owner did not get good education when he was a child because he just open the room door without knocking.  , HUNGARIAN ()
3   Ok This hostel had a fairly good location, short walk to restaurants and some pubs. They have a comfortable TV watching room with good DVDs. also have internet but when i was there it was broken the whole time, with no one caring to get it fixed. The Australian guys who ran the place when i was there were fairly creepy, so girls watch out. The rooms were small but adequate, bathrooms were also ok. I would probably stay here again.  , USA ()
4   Nice, clean, modern, convenient location, a bit noisy. Right next to the bus station and a two-minute walk from the train station and town centre this hostel may look a little dodgy or depressing when you approach it's entrance between two car-parking buildings. This impression completely changes once you get inside and are met by excellent staff, clean modern facilities (great kitchens, plasma TV, and nice couches); good bathrooms with lockable doors; and clean, comfortable coed dorms. On one night the lounge was quite lively, and there are couches spread around the building also for those who'd rather read or relax. Try get a dorm facing away from the bus station as there is a loud club nearby.  , Australia ()
5  Just stayed there last weekend, it's an excellent hostel, very good facilities (the plasma in the lounge is class!), excellent kitchen, nice wooden floors, and small dorms. The location is also perfect, it's right next to the bus station and the train station, less than five minutes walk to the nightclubs if you want to go out as well. There's also a pay and display multi-story carpark right next door if you need to park the car, which is only three pounds for twenty-four hours (you can come and go as you please) so don't get ripped off by the open air car park outside! Would highly recommend this hostel and would stay there again.  ()
5  I stayed in this excellent hostel recently and highly recommend it. First class, great location,ect.,ect. Go there now! HAIL!  ()
4  Good points: Great staff, cozy common room, great kitchen, clean bedrooms, close to the train station and bus station, fair priced internet, good security, and TV and movies. Bad points: Odd entrance, small staircase (which is a pain when going up with your pack), and small but free lockers. Summary: Great friendly place! I would definitely go back.  ()

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